Really Cool Things You’ll Find Useful in Windows 8’s Task Manager

Really Cool Things You’ll Find Useful in Windows 8’s Task Manager

One of the best changes made in Windows 8’s desktop platform is its task manager. With the new task manager, you can easily diagnose problems and close applications that don’t respond with much more fluency than you have had with the old one that’s stuck around since the Cambrian era. This new and improved window […]

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Microsoft Surface: Is It Worth Your Money?

Microsoft Surface: Is It Worth Your Money?

We’ve already written a review of Windows 8 Consumer Preview, and also thrown in a word on the Release Preview. Microsoft just debuted its “Surface” tablet (not to be confused with the Surface table) and it seems like there are some points I should get across regarding this new device. The material is to be […]

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5 Interesting and Useful Applications For Windows 7

5 Interesting and Useful Applications For Windows 7

There are a ton of series on this site with apps you can use for windows. For example, here’s a list of alternative applications you can use in Windows 7. How about applications that let you modify your operating system? We have reported on those too. However, there are also applications that allow you to […]

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Windows 8 Release Preview Brings Better Performance, Prepping For the Final Release

Windows 8 Release Preview Brings Better Performance, Prepping For the Final Release

Not too long ago, we’ve reviewed Windows 8 Consumer Preview, a view of what’s to come in Windows 8 when Microsoft will finally release it. We’ve made some points on how the design was elegant, yet there were a few things that might disappoint some users. This time, Microsoft released the Windows 8 Release Preview […]

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How to Restore The Start Menu in Windows 8

How to Restore The Start Menu in Windows 8

So far, all I’ve been seeing is a bunch of people complaining about the missing Start button and the Metro UI. While I might like Metro, the Start button has to come back! So far, Microsoft is decided on keeping the Start button out of Windows 8. A lot of mouse and keyboard users were […]

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Alternative Freeware Applications That Work in Windows 7

Alternative Freeware Applications That Work in Windows 7

Why buy a piece of software when other developers make similar software for free? We’re living in a world where altruistic developers make software for the sake of progressing technology, and we should learn to support these people who attempt to help us save some cash while using a program that can easily cater to […]

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5 Cool Ways to Customize Windows Media Center

5 Cool Ways to Customize Windows Media Center

Windows Media Center is a great source of entertainment for some of Windows’ users, especially those that love to record their TV shows to watch later. Did you know that there are some ways to change the application to enhance your experience? Practically everything in Windows can be modified, and we’re going to talk about […]

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8 Nifty Windows 7 Applications

8 Nifty Windows 7 Applications

There are several applications out there that increase your productivity and enhance your experience in Windows 7. Running them would help you save time throughout your day and do things you couldn’t have imagined doing with a simple bare copy of Windows 7. Without further ado, MTE presents to you a list of nifty applications […]

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Windows 8 to Shove Aero Away

Windows 8 to Shove Aero Away

For all the fans of Aero, a user interface improvement that has been introduced in Windows Vista and optimized in Windows 7, it’s a sad, sad day. Microsoft believes that Aero has taken its toll, and it’s time for a newer, cleaner interface which will be introduced in Windows 8, a new version of its […]

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Microsoft Pledges to Eliminate Pre-Packaged Bloatware With ‘Signature’

Microsoft Pledges to Eliminate Pre-Packaged Bloatware With ‘Signature’

If you have bought a new computer from a store, you’d know how it is to turn on the computer only to find out that it is crammed with many extra and useless software. This is one of the most frustrating complaints that people have had against computer manufacturers, and one of the reasons I […]

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The Importance of Partitioning Your Hard Drive

The Importance of Partitioning Your Hard Drive

You might have heard that many people are having issues recovering their data when some of the hard drive becomes corrupt. Having one partition is often more detrimental than you think. Your computer could benefit in multiple ways from a multi-partition system, perhaps more ways than you think. You can turn your computer into a […]

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Things You Probably Didn’t Know But Really Needed in Windows 7

Things You Probably Didn’t Know But Really Needed in Windows 7

There comes a time in one person’s life, when he or she makes a paramount discovery of certain settings, features, or tweaks of Windows 7 that open doors to a brand new lifestyle. That moment could be now for you, depending on whether you know absolutely everything about your operating system or not. This is the […]

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Things You Can Do to Make Windows 7 Run Like a Cheetah

Things You Can Do to Make Windows 7 Run Like a Cheetah

Windows 7 is already a pretty fast operating system, but many things still annoy its users, such as the amount of time it takes to shut down, how it runs certain games, and its inability to use the full potential of the hard drive to transfer files. The truth is we never run out of […]

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5 Awesome Ways to Tweak Windows 8

5 Awesome Ways to Tweak Windows 8

We’ve already discussed on and on about Windows 8’s features and some of the possible outcomes in the final build of the operating system. However, we haven’t really touched base with many of the possible tweaks that could be done to improve the functionality of the system, particularly when you want Windows 8 to run […]

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The Ultimate List of Shortcut Keys That Will Make Your Life Easier [Windows 7]

The Ultimate List of Shortcut Keys That Will Make Your Life Easier [Windows 7]

Your life revolves around saving time, whether you like it or not. We’ve previously discussed shortcut keys you can use in Windows 7, but didn’t cover all of them. There’s no way to do this, but we can certainly give you another large list of key combinations you can use to make your life much […]

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6 Useful Tips to Help Windows 7 Run Faster

6 Useful Tips to Help Windows 7 Run Faster

At this moment, you’re probably satisfied with how Windows 7 runs, but you probably want to squeeze as much juice as you can out of it. Despite the improvements, the operating system still takes up resources that didn’t necessarily have to be used for normal functions. Let’s have a look at a few of those […]

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7 Features of Windows 8 That Will Make You Consider Upgrading

7 Features of Windows 8 That Will Make You Consider Upgrading

Several people are getting upset at some of the changes that Microsoft made in Windows 8, especially those involving the user interface. However, while you poke around the UI, you must not forget that Windows isn’t just a UI. There are several back-end services and features that make the operating system work, some of them […]

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Test Windows 8 On Your iPad With Splashtop’s App!

Test Windows 8 On Your iPad With Splashtop’s App!

Conventionally, if you want to test Windows 8 applications, you will have to buy a tablet that runs the operating system. This extra expense is just something that might bother you, especially if you don’t plan to use the tablet heavily. To test a simple app and get it out there on the market, or […]

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The 6 Biggest “Oops!” Moments in Microsoft’s History

The 6 Biggest “Oops!” Moments in Microsoft’s History

We’ve grown to appreciate the success of Microsoft’s Windows 7, but no one – not even Microsoft fanboys – can say that the company has actually done its homework before releasing every product. Some would say that Microsoft has made too many mistakes to continue as a prominent company, but there are those with a […]

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Little-Known Facts About Microsoft That Will Blow Your Mind

Little-Known Facts About Microsoft That Will Blow Your Mind

In the midst of all the recent heavy criticism Microsoft has received since around the year 2000, some people fail to realize that the company has made some heavy contributions that many believe actually come from other sources. In this piece, we will discuss things that Microsoft has done that hasn’t been brought up in many years, or recent things no one noticed about its accomplishments.

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Everything You Need to Know About Windows Drivers [MTE Explains]

Everything You Need to Know About Windows Drivers [MTE Explains]

When it comes to drivers, a lot of people don’t know what to expect when installing them. Many don’t understand the difference between drivers and user-level software, and even more people don’t understand what it implies. Drivers play a fundamental role in every operating system, regardless of whether you use Windows, Linux, or Macintosh. In […]

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Ask a Windows Expert – Week 9

Ask a Windows Expert – Week 9

Not everyone can find help through conventional means. For this, we have realized we must create a series that will answer even the most unconventional questions that people ask about Windows here. Our resident expert works around the clock to make sure that your question gets an answer and gives you advice on how to […]

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Ask a Windows Expert – Week 8

Ask a Windows Expert – Week 8

It’s that time again, and we’ve got a lot of inquiries at our inbox. Some of today’s questions are complicated, but we’ll tackle them like always! Whenever you submit a question to MTE, a Windows expert reviews it and answers the question in the most concise manner possible. To submit your own question, send an […]

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4 Ways to Keep Your Windows PC Secure Without Paying for Third-Party Applications

4 Ways to Keep Your Windows PC Secure Without Paying for Third-Party Applications

Everyone’s freaked out, especially when big organizations start getting hacked in larger numbers every day. Companies are currently trying to profit from the fear people have by selling them security solutions that many of them don’t need. I’ve been anti-virus-free since 2002 and haven’t since had one single problem with a computer. However, there are […]

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Ask a Windows Expert – Week 7

Ask a Windows Expert – Week 7

You’ve got questions and we’ve got answers! This week is the seventh week of “Ask a Windows Expert,” and any question we’ve received will be answered here. If you would like to submit your own question, hit us up with an email to windows-help [at] maketecheasier.com. We’re on around the clock, checking the inbox and […]

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Microsoft Develops One-Millisecond Response Touch Screen and Demonstrates It

Microsoft Develops One-Millisecond Response Touch Screen and Demonstrates It

Of all the things that Microsoft introduced, the tablet computer was one of the most ignored, the phenomenon to be revived only when Apple releases its iPad. Granted, Microsoft’s tablets were very robust and didn’t offer as much portability as the iPad, and the battery life was as terrible as a laptop’s. We’ve gone past […]

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Ask a Windows Expert – Week 6

Ask a Windows Expert – Week 6

There were many intriguing questions in our inbox lately, some of them more difficult than others, but we assure you we can tackle ’em all! If you got any inquiries about issues you’re having with Windows, email us at windows-help [at] maketecheasier.com or click on the “Ask Our Experts Now!” button. This button is right next […]

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5 Awesome Ways to Use Shortcuts With NirCmd [Windows]

5 Awesome Ways to Use Shortcuts With NirCmd [Windows]

We had a discussion recently about how to set a shortcut to turn off your monitor, and I just had a look at NirCmd and noticed that you can do many other cool things using shortcuts in combination with this application that would blow your mind! So, MTE is proud to present a thrilling sequel […]

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How to Create a Shortcut to Turn Off Your Monitor in Windows

How to Create a Shortcut to Turn Off Your Monitor in Windows

For most of you, creating a shortcut to turn off your monitor is counter-productive because the monitor sits right in front of you. But if you have a mega 30-inch monitor that sits a safe distance from you, it might be rather annoying to have to actually walk up to the monitor and turn it […]

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Ask a Windows Expert – Week 5

Ask a Windows Expert – Week 5

It’s that time again and boy did we get a lot of questions! The Windows operating system is always a source of some of the most troubling questions mankind has ever had to ask, but we’re not fretting. Every question here is looked over by Windows experts and answered with dedication. To participate in Ask […]

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New Shortcut Keys Found in Windows 8 Consumer Preview

New Shortcut Keys Found in Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Being the monkey that I am, I toyed around with Windows 8 Consumer Preview again and just started pressing a bunch of random key combinations that previously did nothing much in Windows 7 and other versions of the operating system. To my surprise, there are actually certain new shortcut key combinations you can use to […]

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Review of Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Review of Windows 8 Consumer Preview

You’ve already gotten a nice sneak-peek at Windows 8’s features from us, but nothing gives you the scoop on Windows 8 better than a review of its consumer preview! I have good news for you: We got our hands on Windows 8’s Consumer Preview and we’ll walk you through everything from the installation to the […]

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Ask a Windows Expert – Week 4

Ask a Windows Expert – Week 4

Hello everyone! This week, we’ve been in short supply of questions, but they were good nonetheless. In “Ask a Windows Expert,” you get the opportunity to have a question of yours analyzed by a resident Windows expert and answered here every Wednesday. Today, we’re going to make an attempt to answer a couple of complex […]

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Windows 8 to Remove Zune Support

Windows 8 to Remove Zune Support

There’s been a lot of hype regarding Microsoft’s new Metro interface in Windows 8, but many people might be disappointed as the applications they know and love in previous versions of Windows might just go *poof* in Windows 8. While most Windows software that worked in previous versions will work in Windows 8, Microsoft has […]

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Using Kirjaudu to Change Windows 7’s Logon Screen

Using Kirjaudu to Change Windows 7’s Logon Screen

There’s a ton of talk out there about changing your logon screen manually, but many people – particularly those who are more tech-illiterate – would like a program that can magically do this with the click of a mouse. If you’re one of the latter group of people, someone from Finland appears to have been […]

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Ask a Windows Expert – Week 3

Ask a Windows Expert – Week 3

It’s that time again! We’re going to pick questions from our inbox and get a resident expert to look at them and give you the most comprehensive answer to your question. Today, even if computers have become easier to use, there’s still a lot of people confused about certain aspects of their home systems. There are […]

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How Windows 8 Phone Compares to Android OS

How Windows 8 Phone Compares to Android OS

Windows Phone users have been anticipating the release of Windows 8 for their mobile systems, but don’t really know what to expect. Is Windows 8 going to be the same old Windows Phone operating system we’ve seen since its inception? Or, are we going to see something completely different, as far as carrier and desktop […]

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4 Things We Expect From Microsoft in 2012

4 Things We Expect From Microsoft in 2012

Many people could say that Microsoft had a bit of a difficult year in 2011, but its profits were particularly high regardless, especially with its sales figures for entertainment devices like the XBox. The entertainment side of the business grew by a whopping 45 percent in the last year, but other departments in the company […]

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